MORE BIG NEWS! We're so excited to announce that starting this week you can buy sugru at over 300 Currys and PC World stores across the UK & Ireland! This is another huge step for us here at sugru so...WOO HOO!!
You can find your nearest store using our snazzy new stockist search - which makes it super easy to find your nearest sugru stockist. You can search by your town, city, post code or zip code and find out where you can get your hands on a pack :)
We hear so many stories from sugru-ers all over the world who are fixing, protecting, adapting and improving their gadgets and tech - from laptops and tablets; to smartphones and games controllers; cameras and sat navs... we think we're going to feel right at home at these new stores :)
All the ideas are over in our technology & gadgets section.
And that's not even mentioning all the clever fixes for home appliances that we receive each day - from adding missing feet to wobbly appliances, fixing broken fridge freezers drawers and repairing your rusty dishwasher. Once cured, sugru is pretty much like other silicones - so it's completely waterproof, easy to clean with soap and water, and durable in the harsh conditions. It's super useful to have around for those little problems around your home. Once you notice the little household nuisances you've learned to ignore, just reach for the sugru and be the designer in your life!
So keep a look out for our new sugru stands at Currys and PC World stores - you'll find us at the counter or near the tills. And remember you can find your nearest stores over here.
We've long been advocates of giving things a longer life. Fixing and repairing things helps reduce what we send to landfill. But what isn't always so obvious is how fixing a broken object can be an art form in itself, and even create something more beautiful - we like to think of it as the unsung hero of creativity.
The reason sugru comes in such bright colours is for exactly this reason. Loads of sugru-ers celebrate the fixes and changes they make to their stuff - it gives them a sense of real pride! In a world where almost everything you buy is mass-produced, isn't it nice to have something that is totally unique because of its scars? With this in mind, here's some ways people past and present around the world have been practicing the art of beautiful repair.
"When something is broken," says Klopper, "people dare to do new things.”
Helen Klopper created Woolfiller as part of a museum exhibition on sustainability. It was a hit, and when people started asking where they could buy it, she started making kits. (We love it so much it made it onto our alternative christmas gift list).
Woolfiller makes use of wool’s natural, unique properties. It has minute scales that can be opened when pricked with a needle, and will automatically latch on to each other, creating bonded fibres where there was a hole. It is “simple, sustainable, and satisfying.”
More than a very practical solution to tricky-to-mend holes, it's creative too. Most Woolfiller users don't colour-match their patches - they go for colours that stand out and transform their clothing into something new and unique.
Ceramics stapling comes from a time when necessity and thrift meant that, for most, simply throwing away household items wasn't an option.
Around the world, metalsmiths would repair chipped and smashed ceramics with metal staples, made by drilling small holes and fitting in the staples to hold the pieces in place; no glue needed.
Despite their Frankenstein's monster-esque look, these antiques are unique and often quite beautiful. Andrew Baseman's fascinating blog Past Imperfect documents his eclectic finds and his love for these ugly ducklings of the antiques world.
Kintsugi, so the story goes, was born out of the C15th Japanese Emperor's disgust at the ceramics stapling method above. When a broken tea bowl was returned to him with metal staples, he commissioned some craftsmen to come up with a more delicate solution.
Broken pieces are glued back together with lacquer and gold powder, resulting in beautiful golden veins.
Dutch sisters Gieke and Lotte of Humade have created "New Kintsugi" repair kits, so you too can fix your pottery like a Japanese Emperor!
In poverty stricken Japan, up until the mid 20th century, Japanese peasants would be unable to afford new textiles. Their response to this was Boro; a means of repair, of creating, and of using up waste. Clothes and other household garments would be repaired using leftover, indigo dyed cotton from other textiles. These garments would be repaired so often throughout generations, with so many different scraps of cloth, that they would slowly change into a new garment altogether.
Paulo Goldstein takes broken objects and repairs them in unexpected ways; the outcome a series of Rube Goldberg-style contraptions that make up his Repair is Beautiful project. He explains - "In a time of uncertainty, taking things into our own hands and having the feeling of control back can be very therapeutic... Repair is Beautiful aims to give back this feeling of control."
And finally.... sugru-ers!
Roberto Ghiglia sent us this with the caption "repair a cup like an archaeologist". We love the archaeologist-style latex gloves, and the amount of care that's gone into it, as if it really were an ancient artifact.
Here's one we made earlier...
This vase has been in the office as long as most of us can remember, and there's some dispute as to whether it's actually beautiful or not. Either way, just like the examples above, the fact that someone at some point (no one can remember who) sat down and dedicated that much care, and pieced back together that many pieces of glass, makes it pretty awesome - conventionally beautiful or not.
Share your ideas of beautiful repairs with us and take a look at our craft & making section for more sugru projects.
@sugru Check out this amazing new jingle my friend made!!! http://t.co/NHfQQBfwW6
— John Dollard (@DollardJohn) November 14, 2013
How cool is this!?! We spotted this tweet the other week from John Dollard. When we listened we couldn't believe it; someone had written us our very own jingle! We were all wandering around humming it for days here at sugru HQ! We love it.
It turns out it was created by one of our official resellers, but these are no ordinary resellers...(!)
They're a group of Transition Year students: (l-r) Emma Reilly, Ciara Mallon, Hannah Heskin, Rachael Mulvihill, Emma Walsh and Dearbhla Cummins from Loreto Secondary School St. Michaels in Navan near Dublin.
They go by the name 'TheSugruCrew', and they've been busy tweeting, blogging and showing people why they need sugru in their life! They are now selling sugru at their school, and here at a Scoil Naomh Eoin's Christmas fair! (loving the tinsel) They even managed to pull a few strings and set up a table in the local shopping centre!
They even tracked down the Irish radio and TV presenter Hector Ó hEochagáin when the RTE 2FM van headed to their town!
In Ireland, when students finish their Junior Cert exams (16 years old) they have the option to take a one-year TY school program. The year helps students build their work experience and develop life skills in all kinds of things from outdoor adventures to cooking and first aid courses - sounds awesome!
...so what'll your sugru do for yoooou?
"Some of the great ideas that have shaped the world came from Ireland and Irish people”- well, we're not about to argue with that :)
And Ingenious Ireland are on a mission to celebrate Ireland's heritage of ingenuity!
They offer walking tours and talks on Irish inventions and ideas, but their latest project sees them hanging out in the classroom, helping to nurture the next generation of thinkers.
Mary Mulvihill, founder of Ingenious Ireland says, "We encourage the students to think of themselves as creative inventors -- and tell them about historic Irish inventions, such as the man who invented the useful hole, and invented perforated stamps! -- and then to identify problems they can solve."
As well as learning that cheese and onion flavoured crisps, the submarine, the periscope and chocolate milk were all Irish inventions, the kids also got stuck in to some experimenting with sugru.
They quickly got to work hacking everything in sight! Some of our favourites were the curly cable tidies, hacking their headbands to be more comfortable, and improving the buttons and gear sticks on a Xbox controller.
Check out their website to see how Ingenious Ireland is encouraging the future Irish inventors!
Oh and we particularly loved this scary sugru monster!
(Beautiful repair spotted on thereifixedit.com)
So it's nearly Thanksgiving! A time to head back home through the travel chaos for some family time, catch the parade, go mad for the game or make a rush for the shops. Like these traditions, some things back home never change either. They've just been like that for years...
- the door that always bangs
- the leaky tap in the kitchen
- the wobbly toaster that’s missing a foot
- the sticky tape that keeps the batteries in the remote
- the doorbell that hasn’t worked since the '90s.
There are so many things we never get round to fixing, or end up with a temporary 'kludge' fix that becomes permanent - in UK we call that 'a bodge'! Whatever you call it, in the end you just stop noticing.
That’s why this Thanksgiving we want you to send us photos of the things you've tried to fix or that still need repairing. The family most desperately in need will win sugru for everyone in their house! Oh and we'll be giving out spot prizes for hilarity :)
For a chance to win:
- tweet your photo using #familyfix
- post your photo on your facebook wall and tag us in the photo
- or email your photo to [email protected]